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Occupy Wall St Update Day7

2 blocks from Wall St. the next American revolution has begun.  It is an experiment in direct democracy that has begun to spring up all over the country.  Soon there will be occupations of public space featuring nonhierarchical consensus based decision making and a new way to hold corporations and politicians accountable for their actions.  join us on Wall St. or in your city, join us on the live stream.  Get off the coach and into the streets.

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911 Ground Zero 2011

5 years ago I covered the 911 events in NYC and it seemed like we were about to win this and convict those terrorists.  5 years later, on my 10th anniversary as an activist the mood is more somber.  We've awoken the masses; who wrote the congressman, signed a petition, went to a protest and gave up.  Now what?
compare this year to this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZRCPC3D8ZQ

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Zombies Defend Destroying Blair Mountain at Historical Panel

The West Virginia cultural museum hosted a panel on the importance of Blair Mountain to Union and Coal aficionados yesterday.  During the "official" panel there was hardly a mention of the current efforts of out of state coal mining companies to destroy this piece of history and the psychological & economic impact it could have as a tourist attraction. 

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Debunking the Anarchy Trashman Theory

One of the most common responses to the thought of wide spread Anarchy by those who've made it past the anarchy=chaos misconception is that of the lowly trashman.  "But who'd take out the trash" if we were all free to do what we wanted, who on earth would choose to be the trashman or the sewer worker, you know.. the shit jobs.  I've heard this arguement often and I finally have an answer.  .... I would.

camp

I have met many Rainbows over the years volunteering with one disaster or another; some standing up for your rights on a street corner but I had never made it to a Gathering "on time".   2008 saw a valiant attempt to make it to Wyoming but our side trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation left the bus sabotaged and we spent the week of the Gathering waiting for a part we didn't even need.   So this year I found a random ride home, on Facebook.

Going in I envisioned prolonged down time and hanging out with people I knew but that's not how it played out.  Turns out my friends seem to be the ones that ... do the work.. and we "hung out" mostly in passing as we went about our "work" daze.

Instead of camping with pregathering friends I decided to stick with the 3 random strangers I'd shared a van with for the 5 day journey that we all thought was to be 3.  There were no mechanical problems; we just stopped every hour or 2 and the van was too cramped  for comfortable napping.  It was a bit frustrating for me to take 5 days to drive a distance I've done alone in 2 &1/2 but it was the 1st time I ever road tripped somewhere and did not drive so that was way different and certainly a bonding experience.  ;~)

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